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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on September 24, 2009
 

Author:  Rick Yancey
ISBN:  978-1-4169-8448-1
Publishers: Simon & Schuster

Great job, Mr. Yancey.  I look forward with happiness, excitement, and a very nervous stomach for the second book in this thrilling series




Author:  Rick Yancey
ISBN:  978-1-4169-8448-1
Publishers: Simon & Schuster

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Dear Readers:

This new Simon & Schuster book for Young Readers is, for lack of a better word, heart-stopping.  The writing is so well-done; the descriptive phrases so mesmerizing; that I felt like I was locked inside the dark, gothic world that this fantastic author, Rick Yancey, has created.

We open in present day, where a young author has come to meet with an old man who’d helped him with research for his book.  But tonight, this gentleman hands him the diaries of the town’s oldest resident, William James Henry, who has just passed away at the remarkable age of one hundred and thirty-one.  These diaries tell the tale of something so unbelievably frightening, that the young author believes them to be nothing more than a science fiction story.  There is no way, according to him, that these journals could be based in fact. 

The diaries begin in 1888.  William James Henry was a young orphan who was being raised by Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, and works as the doctor’s apprentice.  Will’s guardian is obsessed to say the least.  The doctor’s lifelong pursuit is to find and study the monsters that make up the unknown worlds of myth and legend, and prove them to be real.  These life forms are not accepted by the scientific community – they are simply fantastical stories.  (I want to insert a notation here because Mr. Yancey, the author, placed a page of actual quotes from very real people such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Pliny the Elder, who wrote testimonials of these "fantasy" creatures that they saw with their very own eyes while traveling the globe.  After reading these small excerpts, even you will believe that these horrible things actually may exist.)

Back to the story...  We are taken immediately into the dark world of William Henry.  On a particularly eerie evening - with fog so thick that the horse and carriage sitting outside Dr. Warthrop’s home are swallowed up by the dense mist - a grave robber knocks on the doctor’s door.  This man, who is covered in sweat and fear, carries in a bundled up body that, among other anomalies, has sharp, shark-like teeth protruding from its stomach.  This, we soon find out, is an Anthropophagus – a monster that hasn’t been proven to even exist…until now.  The very real point of this macabre scene is that if there is one of these brutal monsters walking the face of the earth, than there are MANY walking the face of the earth.  And we are immediately brought into an adventure that brings us face to face with some of the most fearsome creatures on the planet.

This story is so well-spun, and the dialogue so creative, that each page will cause you to keep your bedroom light on; hear every “thump” against your wall; and make you wonder what that noise is that's coming from underneath your bed.  This book, which is the first in a series for Young Readers, is not for the faint of heart.  The way Stephen King masters his horror, Mr. Yancey strives to do the same.  And, (gulp), like the proclaimed King of horror, he does it beautifully.  Mr. Yancey is also the author of the highly successful YA series:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp.

Lines like: “While we drowsily whiled away the deadest hours of the night, the beasts were busy imbuing them with blood,” made me decide to leave the light on tonight, go get my big, black dog to sit at the foot of my bed, and…well…hope for the best.  Great job, Mr. Yancey.  I look forward with happiness, excitement, and a very nervous stomach for the second book in this thrilling series.


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